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Columbus woman's stolen identity is used by cyber crooks to steal her tax refund

Just days after the start of tax season, The Internal Revenue Service is already seeing the work of refund thieves.

Just days after the start of tax season, The Internal Revenue Service is already seeing the work of refund thieves.

"It becomes more prevalent this time of year," said Craig Casserly, with the I.R.S.

"it's a pain in the butt, it really is," said Tiffany Snyder, after cyber crooks stole her social security number and used it to illegally get her family's tax refund.

"People should be ashamed of themselves for doing it to other people," said Snyder, I have no idea how it happened, no idea who it was, I feel violated."

The Columbus mom of two says she and her husband were going to use the money for a down payment on a new house, instead, they are going through tons of paperwork to get their money returned to them

"I feel bad for anybody that it's happened to, now that is has happened to me," said Snyder

Even more, people could be at risk this tax season, after thieves last year hacked the consumer credit agency Equifax.

The IRS tells ABC 6/FOX 28 if anyone discovers they've been a victim of identity theft, file a report with police, and then contact The Federal Trade Commission, and the IRS.

You can stop a crook in their tracks simply by paying close attention to credit reports and bank accounts.

"Check and see if there is any unauthorized action," said Casserly, "any accounts or cred cards opened without your knowledge."

For more information check out the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts

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